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DIY Vapor Rub

We often take the simiplicty of breathing for granted until we are hit with common cold or seasonal allergies. It is frustrating when you can't sleep restfully because you have blocked sinuses or wake up coughing in the middle of the night. The next time you are feeling miserable from congestion and sinus pressure reach for your natural vapor rub! 

While there are many vapor rubs you can find at your local pharmacy or grocery store, most of them contain petrolatum, which is derived from petroleum. This material can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). 

Instead of using rubs with sythentic ingredients derived from crude oil, you can make this really easy homemade version. Made with 100% natural ingredients like essential oils and bees wax. The best part is that you can make this ahead of time (when you aren't feeling yucky) and store in an airtight container. 

Natural Vapor Rub

Breathe Easier Natural Vapor Rub

What You’ll Need:


  1. Using a double boiler, melt the FCO and beeswax together on low heat.
  2. Remove from heat, and add Breathe Ease. Stir well.
  3. Pour into a glass jar and let cool.

To use, rub a small amount of the mixture on your chest or upper back to help achieve relief from coughing or congestion. Reapply every 3 hours, or as needed.

Though it’s never fun to have the common cold strike your home, this all-natural vapor rub recipe is here to provide some extra relief so that you can get started on feeling better sooner. This recipe is safe to use on children aged 3 years and older.

The best essential oil blend congestion

Breathe Ease

This recipe features our #1 blend for congestion, Breathe Ease. A unique combination of Eucalytpus, Myrtle, Peppermint, Spruce, Ravintsara, Pine, and Marjoram essential oils. These respiratory-boosting oils can help you from going stuffed up to sighing with relief. 

Benefits of Breathe Ease

  • Supports the respiratory system 
  • Aids the immune system 
  • Helps with congestion 
  • Helps combat allergies & asthma 
  • Makes it easier to take deep breaths 
  • Promotes the breaking down of phlegm & mucus